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Local News

  • Local leaders point to bright future for airport

    The future of the Quincy-Gadsden Municipal Airport Authority is bright, according to a report given by Peter Green, consultant with the airport consulting firm of URS based in Tampa.

    "We're ahead of the curve in generating more activity than the state predicted. We have 50 aircraft based here, which opens up all kinds of opportunities for us because that's what the (Florida) Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration look at when deciding how to allocate funds," Green said.

  • Gretna to celebrate 100 years

    The city of Gretna will celebrate its 100th anniversary this month and the centennial committee has pulled out all the stops for a celebration June 6-9.

    "The mayor, centennial committee and the citizens are excited about this week and we invited the entire Gadsden County community to come and help us celebrate," said Antonio Jefferson, city manager.

  • QPD denied opportunity for accreditation

    The Quincy Police Department was denied permission to begin the accreditation process using the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation as its monitoring agency. The commission works with police departments statewide to update policies, procedures and practices to make the departments professionally recognized agencies.

  • Schools leader predicts success in coming year

    Gadsden County School District Superintendent Reginald James is not psychic – but he’s already making predictions for the next academic year.

    James said Monday he is pleased with the progress that’s being made in the elementary schools, and he believes the district is providing students with a “much stronger foundation.

  • Boating accident on river takes life

    A Blountstown resident was found in the Apalachicola River Monday morning, near the area where a boating accident took place.

    Jefferie Rector, 28, had been missing since Saturday afternoon after he and his passenger, 29-year-old Mark Hamilton of Marianna were thrown from the 14-foot aluminum boat they had borrowed from a relative of Rector’s.

    Two fisherman fishing near the Jackson County Port Authority found the body. Hamilton was rescued by Havana resident Larry Hooper, who was also boating on the river. Hamilton suffered only minor injuries.

  • Food service workers honored for service, dedication

    The Food Service Management Team, in conjunction with Superintendent Reginald James and the Gadsden County School Board, recognized Food Service Department managers, employees and retirees with a banquet on May 15 at the Parkway Conference Center in Quincy.

    The retirees, Lessie Jackson, Johnny Sweet and Lois Carroll, were presented with a plaque and thanked for their many years of service.

  • Gadsden County Sheriff's Office Arrest Log

    • Travis Maddox: VOP/Fleeing LEO with no regard, two counts, VOP/Simple battery

    • Derrick McNealy: VOP/Aggravated battery with a deadly weapon

    • Tyranney Scott: VOP/Failure of sexual offender to report

    • Timothy Lamar Jefferson: Violation of injunction

    • Jerome Showers: FTA/Possession of controlled substance (cocaine), possession of drug paraphernalia, obstruction of an officer, two counts, and possession of a controlled substance (cocaine)

    • Traves Cortez Gilyard: VOP/DWLSR, aggravated battery

  • HPD's Smith named Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

    Lt. Tracy Smith of the Havana Police Department has been named the 2009 Gadsden County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Smith and other nominees were honored Tuesday during the annual law enforcement luncheon sponsored by local civic organizations.

    In nominating Smith, Havana's police chief Glynn Beach wrote that Smith has displayed and sustained superior performance without equal within the police department.

  • Help for teens, young adults seeking summer jobs

    Florida’s 24 regional workforce boards invite young adults, including those from Gadsden County, to apply for participation in a summer employment program funded by recovery funds under the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

  • NOAA issues Atlantic hurricane season outlook, encourages preparedness

    NOAA forecasters say a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season is most likely this year. However, as with any season, the need to prepare for the possibility of a storm striking near you is essential.

    “Today, more than 35 million Americans live in regions most threatened by Atlantic hurricanes,” Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said. “Timely and accurate warnings of severe weather help save lives and property. Public awareness and public preparedness are the best defenses against a hurricane.”